Continued from previous DZ
The Zohar explains that the ‘kings’, Joseph and Judah, represent the upper world, which is Zeir Anpin and the lower world, which is Malchut.
When there is a unification of upper and lower, transgressions are forgiven.
Joseph gave his brothers ‘hard time’ to bring them all to Egypt. They had to experience lack and darkness that comes from the desire for the self of the material world. This is the aspect of ‘lower’ that the Israelites had to go through before Moses could come to redeem them, give them the Torah, and take them back to the Promised Land where they could have unification, the elevation to the ‘upper’ level.
The Hebrew word ‘עליה’, ‘Aliyah’, means ‘elevation’. Coming to Israel is considered ‘Aliyah’. When a person is called to the Torah, which is the aspect of Zeir Anpin, he gets ‘Aliyah’.
The Land of Israel is spiritually elevated and therefore only elevated nation can benefit from it. There is no fear in Israel that any other nation would be able to conquer it. It belongs to the children of Israel. When Mashiach comes the borders of Israel will expand farther to great distances because the elevated Israelites will bring the holiness of the Land to everywhere they go.
The Zohar in Lech Lecha #25, Vayera #290, Terumah #567 tells us that the land of Israel is the middle point of Creation and all the blessings come from it. The first nourishment comes down to Israel then to the rest of the world.
“תָּא חֲזֵי, קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא יָהִיב מְזוֹנָא תַּמָּן בְּקַדְמִיתָא וּלְבָתַר לְכָל עָלְמָא. כָּל שְׁאָר עַמִּין עוֹבְדֵי עֲבוֹדַת כּוֹכָבִים וּמַזָּלוֹת בְּמִסְכֵּנוּת, וְאַרְעָא דְּיִשְׂרָאֵל לָאו הָכִי, אֶלָּא אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל אִתְּזָן בְּקַדְמִיתָא וּלְבָתַר כָּל עָלְמָא.”
In Zohar Vayechi #721 we read that God scattered the Israelites around the world so the other nations can enjoy from the blessings of the Israelites.